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Ana M. Espino

Faculty RankAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Puerto Rico
DepartmentSchool of Medicine
AddressUPR-Medical Sciences Campus, School of Medicine
San Juan PR 936
Phone7877582525 ext. 1309
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    Dr. Ana Espino is an associate professor in the Department of Microbiology, Laboratory of Molecular Parasitology and Immunology at the School of Medicine, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus.

    Dr. Espino earned her Ph.D. degree in Parasitology and Biochemestry from the Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine in Havana, Cuba in 1997, where she also completed post-doctoral training in Molecular Biology and Immunology. She also has a post doctoral in Molecular Parasitology from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus.

    Dr. Espino’s field of interest is molecular and parasite immunology, Fascioliasis, caused by Fasciola hepatica, represents a recognized unsolved agricultural problem responsible for economic losses estimated in around US $3 billion per year to rural agricultural communities and commercial producers worldwide including the United States. Recent reports indicate that F. hepatica is also a major human pathogen and is increasingly recognized as a cause of significant human diseases, with 17 million people infected. Schistosomiasis, the second major parasitic disease in the world after malaria, is a chronic, debilitating and sometimes fatal disease affecting 200 and 300 million persons worldwide. Vaccines represent the most attractive long-term alternative to control fascioliasis and

    Three projects are ongoing in Dr. Espino’s laboratory. They relate to the identification, purification and molecular characterization of Fasciola hepatica and Schistosoma mansoni antigens with immunoprophylactic potential; the role of the Toll-like receptors (TLRs) in the interaction with excretory secretory antigens of F. hepatica at early stage of infection, and the elucidation of the immune mechanism involved in the protection induced by two novel DNA vaccines against F. hepatica, as well as the assessment of the protection level conferred by these proteins in experimental models. Dr. Espino has filled two patent applications to the United States Patents and Trademarks Office. Dr. Espino’s research has been funded by the MBRS-SCORE Program from 2000-2004, an NIH-NIAID R21 grant from 2003-2006, and an RCMI Pilot Project from 2006-2009.

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    1. Chen Q, Gouilly J, Ferrat YJ, Espino A, Glaziou Q, Cartron G, El Costa H, Al-Daccak R, Jabrane-Ferrat N. Metabolic reprogramming by Zika virus provokes inflammation in human placenta. Nat Commun. 2020 06 11; 11(1):2967. PMID: 32528049.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    2. Figueroa-Santiago O, Espino A. Purification of Native Fasciola hepatica Fatty Acid-Binding Protein and Induction of Alternative Activation of Human Macrophages. Methods Mol Biol. 2020; 2137:149-169. PMID: 32399927.
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    3. Figueroa-Santiago O, Espino A. Possible Role for Toll-Like Receptors in Interaction of Fasciola hepatica Excretory-Secretory Products with Human Monocyte Cell Line. Methods Mol Biol. 2020; 2137:171-180. PMID: 32399928.
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    4. Rosado-Franco JJ, Ramos-Benitez MJ, Parodi LM, Rosario D, Compo N, Giavedoni LD, Espino AM. Outlining key inflammation-associated parameters during early phase of an experimental gram-negative sepsis model in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). Animal Model Exp Med. 2019 Dec; 2(4):326-333. PMID: 31942564.
    5. Aguayo V, Valdés Fernandez BN, Rodríguez-Valentín M, Ruiz-Jiménez C, Ramos-Benítez MJ, Méndez LB, Espino AM. Fasciola hepatica GST downregulates NF-?B pathway effectors and inflammatory cytokines while promoting survival in a mouse septic shock model. Sci Rep. 2019 02 19; 9(1):2275. PMID: 30783117.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    6. Ramos-Benitez MJ, Ruiz-Jimenez C, Rosado-Franco JJ, Ramos-Pérez WD, Mendez LB, Osuna A, Espino AM. Fh15 Blocks the Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Cytokine Storm While Modulating Peritoneal Macrophage Migration and CD38 Expression within Spleen Macrophages in a Mouse Model of Septic Shock. mSphere. 2018 12 19; 3(6). PMID: 30567900.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    7. Ramos-Benítez MJ, Lopez-Cruz LM, Aguayo V, Ruiz-Jimenez C, Espino AM. Cell-free expression, purification and immunoreactivity assessment of recombinant Fasciola hepatica saposin-like protein-2. Mol Biol Rep. 2018 Oct; 45(5):1551-1556. PMID: 30032380.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    8. Aguayo V, Valdes B, Espino AM. Assessment of Fasciola hepatica glutathione S-transferase as an antigen for serodiagnosis of human chronic fascioliasis. Acta Trop. 2018 Oct; 186:41-49. PMID: 29990477.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    9. Ramos-Benítez MJ, Ruiz-Jiménez C, Aguayo V, Espino AM. Recombinant Fasciola hepatica fatty acid binding protein suppresses toll-like receptor stimulation in response to multiple bacterial ligands. Sci Rep. 2017 07 14; 7(1):5455. PMID: 28710478.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    10. Figueroa-Santiago O, Espino AM. Fasciola hepatica ESPs Could Indistinctly Activate or Block Multiple Toll-Like Receptors in a Human Monocyte Cell Line. Ann Clin Pathol. 2017; 5(3). PMID: 29152559.
    11. Shin SH, Hsu A, Chastain HM, Cruz LA, Elder ES, Sapp SG, McAuliffe I, Espino AM, Handali S. Development of Two FhSAP2 Recombinant-Based Assays for Immunodiagnosis of Human Chronic Fascioliasis. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2016 Oct 05; 95(4):852-855. PMID: 27549636.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    12. De Pablos LM, Díaz Lozano IM, Jercic MI, Quinzada M, Giménez MJ, Calabuig E, Espino AM, Schijman AG, Zulantay I, Apt W, Osuna A. The C-terminal region of Trypanosoma cruzi MASPs is antigenic and secreted via exovesicles. Sci Rep. 2016 06 08; 6:27293. PMID: 27270330.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    13. Rivera F, Espino AM. Adjuvant-enhanced antibody and cellular responses to inclusion bodies expressing FhSAP2 correlates with protection of mice to Fasciola hepatica. Exp Parasitol. 2016 Jan; 160:31-8. PMID: 26632503.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCellsPHPublic Health
    14. Martin I, Cabán-Hernández K, Figueroa-Santiago O, Espino AM. Fasciola hepatica fatty acid binding protein inhibits TLR4 activation and suppresses the inflammatory cytokines induced by lipopolysaccharide in vitro and in vivo. J Immunol. 2015 Apr 15; 194(8):3924-36. PMID: 25780044.
      Citations: 35     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    15. Figueroa-Santiago O, Espino AM. Fasciola hepatica fatty acid binding protein induces the alternative activation of human macrophages. Infect Immun. 2014 Dec; 82(12):5005-12. PMID: 25225247.
      Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    16. Cabán-Hernández K, Gaudier JF, Ruiz-Jiménez C, Espino AM. Development of two antibody detection enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays for serodiagnosis of human chronic fascioliasis. J Clin Microbiol. 2014 Mar; 52(3):766-72. PMID: 24353000.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    17. Cabán-Hernández K, Espino AM. Differential expression and localization of saposin-like protein 2 of Fasciola hepatica. Acta Trop. 2013 Dec; 128(3):591-7. PMID: 23988299.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    18. Morales A, Espino AM. Evaluation and characterization of Fasciola hepatica tegument protein extract for serodiagnosis of human fascioliasis. Clin Vaccine Immunol. 2012 Nov; 19(11):1870-8. PMID: 23015645.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    19. Gaudier JF, Cabán-Hernández K, Osuna A, Espino AM. Biochemical characterization and differential expression of a 16.5-kilodalton tegument-associated antigen from the liver fluke Fasciola hepatica. Clin Vaccine Immunol. 2012 Mar; 19(3):325-33. PMID: 22278327.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    20. Cabán-Hernández K, Gaudier JF, Espino AM. Characterization and differential expression of a ferritin protein from Fasciola hepatica. Mol Biochem Parasitol. 2012 Mar-Apr; 182(1-2):54-61. PMID: 22240114.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    21. Figueroa-Santiago O, Delgado B, Espino AM. Fasciola hepatica saposin-like protein-2-based ELISA for the serodiagnosis of chronic human fascioliasis. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2011 Jul; 70(3):355-61. PMID: 21683266.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    22. Miralles F, Tarongí S, Espino A. Quantitative evaluation of the drawing of a spiral on a paper. Mov Disord. 2011 Jun; 26(7):1369; author reply 1369-70. PMID: 21506161.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Boukli NM, Delgado B, Ricaurte M, Espino AM. Fasciola hepatica and Schistosoma mansoni: identification of common proteins by comparative proteomic analysis. J Parasitol. 2011 Oct; 97(5):852-61. PMID: 21506812.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    24. Espino AM, Morales A, Delgado B, Rivera FM, Figueroa O, Suárez E. Partial immunity to Fasciola hepatica in mice after vaccination with FhSAP2 delivered as recombinant protein or DNA construct. Ethn Dis. 2010; 20(1 Suppl 1):S1-17-23. PMID: 20521379.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsPHPublic Health
    25. Espino AM, Rivera F. Quantitation of cytokine mRNA by real-time RT-PCR during a vaccination trial in a rabbit model of fascioliasis. Vet Parasitol. 2010 Apr 19; 169(1-2):82-92. PMID: 20056331.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsPHPublic Health
    26. Espino AM, Torres D, Morales A, Delgado B, Quetel J, Osuna A. Fasciola hepatica: identification of CD4+ T-helper epitopes from the 11.5 kDa saposin-like protein SAP-2 using synthetic peptides. Exp Parasitol. 2007 Sep; 117(1):65-73. PMID: 17475253.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    27. Torres D, Espino AM. Mapping of B-cell epitopes on a novel 11.5-kilodalton Fasciola hepatica-Schistosoma mansoni cross-reactive antigen belonging to a member of the F. hepatica saposin-like protein family. Infect Immun. 2006 Aug; 74(8):4932-8. PMID: 16861685.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    28. Espino AM, Osuna A, Gil R, Hillyer GV. Fasciola hepatica: humoral and cytokine responses to a member of the saposin-like protein family following delivery as a DNA vaccine in mice. Exp Parasitol. 2005 Aug; 110(4):374-83. PMID: 15907838.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    29. Espino AM, Hillyer GV. A novel Fasciola hepatica saposinlike recombinant protein with immunoprophylactic potential. J Parasitol. 2004 Aug; 90(4):876-9. PMID: 15357089.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    30. Espino AM, Hillyer GV. Molecular cloning of a member of the Fasciola hepatica saposin-like protein family. J Parasitol. 2003 Jun; 89(3):545-52. PMID: 12880256.
      Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
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